Before technology

I always thought that I was pretty old school. I prefer using note pads and exercise books. Writing feels better than typing and I love my fountain pens.
After a laptop failure I’ve realised the importance of the internet. What did we do before it.  Emails and update- although keeping everything in my notebook is fun, and phoning people is more personal lots of people and messages are only shared internet wise.
How much has the internet changed our lives ?
Following these thoughts I decided to have a miniture experiment and went without my mobile phone for 2 days.
I did not mind it, others did. I did have to buy a watch as I usually use my phone for a clock.
 It meant that I had to plan when and where I was meeting people. People have become more flexible due to mobiles. Being able to talk to people whenever wherever has stopped people from forward planning.
e.g. I was having a drink in town and wondered if my friend would like to meet me.
My friend was running an hour late from coming up from London and I was waiting to meet her.

Saying this it gives people the feeling that they are not alone, and in emergencies, mobile phones can ease situations. Mobiles are continuing to develop with added functions and have become a fashion accesories. Maybe in the future they will be implanted in our ears….. 

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One Response to Before technology

  1. Clive McGoun says:

    Interesting Alice. There’s a lot of writing circulating at the moment about the ‘Google generation’ or the ‘net geners’ or ‘generation y’. The claim is that the emerging generation of 18 year olds are experiencing information in new way – that those experiences are changing the stuctures both in their heads and in the institutions that surround them. Quite significant claims. But what is the evidence beyond the anecdotal (“My friend can’t live without her computer”)?
    Now there’s an interesting project. Esatablish what the claims are, note the poverty of empirical evidence used to back them up, then design a study which does collect data and see if the analysis of that data supports the claims.

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